Quantum cascade lasers were first demonstrated in 1994 by Bell Labs Team. Quantum cascade lasers are used as a semiconductor lasers which offer peak emission in the mid-IR range. This quantum cascade lasers finds in mainly application of chemical physics such as research on helium droplets, in matrix isolation infrared photochemistry and in population pumping. Various quantum cascade laser manufactures are now focusing on the design for operating wavelengths ranging from a few microns to well above 10 μm. In recent trends, a number of applications have been catered by medium- IR quantum cascade lasers. Additionally, powerful mid-infrared (IR) quantum cascade lasers (QCLs) have been developed and commercialized recently for various semiconductor application. The Quantum Cascade Lasers market is predicted to witness a steady growth during the projection period from 2017 to 2025.
Global Quantum Cascade Lasers market has been segmented on the basis of packaging type, operation mode, fabrication technology, end use industry and geography. On the basis of packaging type, global Quantum Cascade Lasers market has been fragmented into C-Mount Packaging, HHL and VHL Packaging, To3 Packaging. According to industry-standard, one-tab C-mount package provides good thermal contact and easy to mount, making it an ideal choice for high-power and OEM applications. Extensive utilization of C-Mount packaging across various application segments especially in gas and plasma diagnostics and environmental analysis is predicted to boost the Quantum Cascade Lasers market growth in the coming years. In addition, global Quantum Cascade Lasers market is classified on the basis of operating mode into continuous wave and pulsed. In terms of fabrication technology, global quantum cascade lasers market has been segmented into fabry–perot, distributed feedback and tunable external cavities. Additionally, global Quantum Cascade Lasers market has been segmented on the basis of end use industry into telecommunication, industrial, aerospace and defense and medical among others. Major application for Quantum Cascade Lasers is stand-off explosives detection in defense industry. Across the globe, various researchers are now focusing to determine the goal of discriminating and nano-gram quantities of several explosives at distances up to fifty meter. This is expected to increase the demand of Quantum Cascade Lasers Market in coming years. The quantum cascade laser has been used in many novel biological and medical applications to detect noninvasive blood glucose monitoring solution in recent year. This in turn is predicted to drive the demand of global Quantum Cascade Laser market during the forecast period from 2017- 2025. Across the globe, owing to significant economic development in quantum cascade laser usage in free-space communication and multiple gas sensing technique is expected to create a better opportunity for quantum cascade lasers. This is expected to create better opportunity for the Quantum Cascade Laser market in coming years. On the flip side, lack of commercialization and requirement of skilled labor force to develop quantum cascade lasers products is likely to affect the installation of quantum cascade lasers across various end use industries. However, high cost of quantum cascade lasers and higher installation are also hindering the demand of the Quantum Cascade Lasers market during the forecast period.
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Geographically, global Quantum Cascade Lasers market has been segmented into North America, Europe, Asia Pacific (APAC), Middle- East and Africa (MEA), Latin America. In 2016, North America held the largest share of the Quantum Cascade Lasers market due to the high technological adoption of QCLs in military and defense, industrial and medical among others industries in the area. Asia Pacific is estimated to be the second largest market for Quantum Cascade Lasers market currently, followed by Europe. Furthermore, in Asia Pacific region owing to industrially developing economies in China and India is enhancing the demand for Global Quantum Cascade Lasers market.
The key players operational in the global Quantum Cascade Lasers market includes Wavelength Electronics, Inc. (US), Block Engineering, Inc. (US), Hamamatsu Photonics K.K. (Japan), Thorlabs, Inc. (US), mirSense (France), Alpes lasers SA (Switzerland), AdTech Optics (US), Pranalytica Inc. (US), Technologies GmbH (Germany) and AKELA Laser Corporation (US) among others.